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THE CHRISTIAN POST "MORNING NEWS" Front Page Thursday March 29 2012 Nisan 6, 5772

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Mark Driscoll Steps Down as Leader of Acts 29; Resigns From Gospel Coalition

By Alex Murashko

Acts 29 Network cofounder Pastor Mark Driscoll has stepped down from the reins of the successful global church planting organization to make room for Pastor Matt Chandler as president, it was announced Wednesday.

Christians Rally on Both Sides of Health Care Debate

By Napp Nazworth

As activists gathered in front of the Supreme Court this week to voice support for or opposition to the Affordable Care Act (2010), or "Obamacare," fellow Christians find themselves on both sides of the debate.

US

Marriage

North Carolina Only Southern State Lacking Marriage Amendment

By Michael Gryboski

With the ongoing debate over marriage definition in the courts and through popular referendums, as of 2012 North Carolina is the only state in the South lacking a marriage amendment to its state constitution.

Democratic strategist James Carville was one of the architects of Bill Clinton's victory in 1992 and has played a key role in party politics for the last 20 years. Now Carville is saying if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns parts of Obamacare, the Democrats may well benefit in the November elections.

An atheist campaign seeking to show families that they can be "great without God" or religion during Easter weekend received some setback after organizers were told the ads were inappropriate for the Texas theater targeted in the campaign.

The Oklahoma House recently approved a resolution declaring "Oklahoma – In God We Trust!" as the state's official motto, with some critics rejecting the proposal as exclusive and "frivolous."

Church & Ministries

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John Piper Readying to Step Down; Successor Candidate Named

By Alex Murashko

A candidate to succeed influential pastor John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church was announced by the church's elders Tuesday. Piper said he is "overjoyed" at the selection while he continues to be a part of the succession process.

Sheila Schuller Coleman, lead pastor of Hope Center of Christ, the congregation she founded with members who broke away from the Crystal Cathedral church in Garden Grove, Calif., preached about "looking forward" in this past Sunday's service, temporarily being held at a hotel.

An Ohio pastor involved in spreading awareness about child abuse in the U.S. said that the church should be "fearful of our own depravity."

A Presbyterian Church (USA) court has ruled in favor of a breakaway California congregation in a case over whether or not it had to monetarily compensate its former presbytery.

Christian women often try to organize the messiness of life by creating "happy little compartments that we suppose will bring peace," said Trisha Wilkerson, a Christian blogger and mother.

Religion can influence suicide rates, a new study shows. While data have long shown that Protestants are more likely to commit suicide than Catholics, the relationship remains little understood. The study by Professors Sascha Becker and Ludger Woessmann demonstrates a causal link between Protestantism and suicide.

What is your church denomination?

Entertainment

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Jeremy Lin Shares Faith With Ex-ESPN Employee Who Wrote 'Chink' Slur

By Christine Thomasos

Jeremy Lin recently shared his Christian faith over lunch with Anthony Federico, the 28-year-old ESPN employee who was fired for writing a racial slur in a headline about the athlete.

In his new documentary "Monumental," actor and devout Christian Kirk Cameron goes in search of the "secret recipe" that has made America the "richest, freest nation the world has ever seen," ultmately unveiling to viewers his belief that God played a pivotal role in the nation's founding.

Manny Pacquiao, Filipino world-renowned boxer and congressman, held a bible study on Tuesday where he spoke about himself, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and New York Jets' quarterback Tim Tebow being chosen by God to spread his word.

The Game Show Network, or GSN, has siged on stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host its new game show, "The American Bible Challenge," which will test contestants' knowledge of the Bible.

World

Passing of peace

Anglican 'Unity Covenant' Voted Down by Church of England

By Michael Gryboski

The Church of England has voted down a 'unity covenant' that was intended to help keep together the Anglican Communion, which is experiencing fierce divisions over theological differences amongst its member churches.

Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man Tuesday for insulting the Prophet Muhammad via his Twitter account, based on a Sharia-based blasphemy law, which is highly regarded in the mostly Sunni Muslim country. The incident reportedly drew calls for the man's death.

A massive march to the city of Jerusalem is planned for this Friday with communities from around the world calling for "freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem" in an event that has attracted the support of Desmond Tutu, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as well as the nation of Iran.

Interview: Actress Lily Collins on 'Mirror Mirror,' Beauty in Hollywood

Actress Lily Collins may play the role of "the ...

Lauren Scruggs Receives Settlement After Horrific Propeller Accident

Lauren Scruggs has dropped her lawsuit against ...

Project Targets Bullying: 'It's Got to Stop Now,' Says Pastor

Bullying is more prominent than ever before, ...

Amish Buggy Bill Religious Victory or Traffic Hazard?

A new bill passed in Kentucky has excited many ...

Do We Live in a Literary Challenged Society?

Do you wonder sometimes what it is that inspires ...

Tebow Mania Finds NYC Sports Stores Unprepared

New York City stores are finding themselves in a ...

Youcef Nadarkhani Still Alive; Execution Reports Prove False

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is still alive ...

Suu Kyi Sidelined by Illness and Suspending Campaign

Suu Kyi, a democratic leader hoping to win ...

Egypt's Copts Debate Role of New Pope After Shenouda III

A little over a week after the death of Pope ...

Afghan Shootings: Did the US Pay Off Families?

New allegations have been made that the U.S. paid ...

Vatican 'Shamed' by Irish Sex Scandal, Asks Victims for Forgiveness

A Vatican delegation to Ireland concluded Tuesday ...

Mali Coup: Rebels Promise President 'Safe,' New Threat Emerges

Mali is in turmoil after the national Malian army ...

Pastor: Prayer Meeting Between Two Koreas Won't Help 'True' Christians in NK

Christian leaders from South and North Korea are ...

Einstein's Manuscripts Digitized and Made Public

Thanks to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and ...

Tech & Biz

Ferrari

Kobe Bryant Buys New $329,000 Ferrari Amid Impending Divorce

By Benge Nsenduluka

Kobe Bryant spent an exorbitant amount of cash on a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia on Saturday, amid rumors that his pending divorce from Vanessa Bryant has become increasingly stressful.

GM has recalled over 6,000 vans and SUVs after discovering steering issues which could lead to an accident. Other vehicle recalls have also been made, which will be announced in April.

A new iPhone 5 concept has emerged that incorporates the rumored 4.6-inch display.

Toshiba unveiled a new tablet in Germany this week that possess a unique feature not found on many devices in the market.

Inside Church Planting: Who Are the Church Planters? (Part 1)

By Jeff Schapiro

There are churches in the United States that are hundreds of years old. Many of them have rich traditions and have seen hundreds if not thousands of people come to know Jesus Christ through their ministries. Yet there is a special crop of people – the church planters – who feel called not to preach from pulpits in front of well-established congregations, but to create churches of their own.

OPINIONS

The Battle Requires Perspective and Perseverance

Pro-life

Frequently, in the fights for life, marriage, and religious freedom, it's easy to get caught up in the moment, throw one's hands up in the air, and wonder if the struggle is worth it. And this is especially so when it seems court decision after court decision is going the wrong way…for a time.

THEOLOGY

Does Calvinism Make People Jerks?

Calvin

Reformed folks have been stereotyped as the cranky Christians on the block. I'm not interested in debating whether the stereotype is deserved or not. Sometimes it is; sometimes it isn't.

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

Mark Driscoll: 8 Truths About Jesus and the Cross

Jack Graham, Mark Driscoll and T.D. Jakes appear at "The Elephant Room" 2012 roundtable on Jan. 25, 2012.

With the celebration of Easter less than two weeks away, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll outlined what he called the eight truths about the reason for Jesus' death on the cross in a recent blog post.

CP BLOG

The Myth of Modern Marriage

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The concept of marriage as undying and eternal love is a modern myth without any basis in reality.

OPINION

Christianity Without the Church?

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Want all the blessings of Christianity without having to hassle with a church? Well, it isn't possible.

EVANGELISM EVENT

Will Graham Preaches to Nearly 10,000 in Texas

Will Graham

Nearly 10,000 people came to hear evangelist Will Graham speak at two consecutive weekend outreach events produced by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Texas.

CP BLOG

The Hunger Games Call to Adults

Suppose you are a teen and adults plunged you into a situation where you are forced to kill other teens or die yourself? What would you do? Could you find a way not to sin by outsmarting these adults. That's the desperate dilemma put forth in Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games.

BOOKS

John Ramsey Tells of Finding God Through Extreme Suffering

The Other Side of Suffering

The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty pageant queen whose 1996 murder has yet to be solved, shares in a new book that it was faith in God that helped him overcome the tremendous ordeal and suffering he has endured throughout the case. 

MOVIE

'The Resurrection:' Hollywood Producer Aims for God's Sequel to 'The Passion'

Resurrection movie

Eight years after watching the phenomenal success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," Hollywood promoter and producer David Wood remains steadfast to a vision that he credits to God – the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ told by way of a major motion picture.

OPINIONS

Obamacare and the Gremlins Behind the Door

Health care

Incrementalism with respect to the Constitution is the reason 40 percent-plus of Americans support an administration taking us farther along the journey toward socialism. It is disturbing that the subtle spins of incrementalism have apparently convinced almost half the voting population that Hayek's "road to serfdom" is the yellow-brick road.

OPINIONS

The Deadly Sounds of Christian Silence

church of nativity

This just in: Get married or baptized in a church adjacent to Jesus' birthplace, and it won't be recognized by the law. You can't make this up. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has just declared that it deems the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem to be illegitimate.

CHURCH

Ex-Gay Becomes Deacon at Local Church

Dean is an important member of his local church. He is a deacon, and says he sometimes gets so busy with ministry that he has to shut off his phone so he can rest and not take any calls. Dean is also a former homosexual, who says sanctification – the process by which Christians are increasingly set apart for Christ through obedience – is a process that lasts a lifetime.

MARRIAGE

Can a Woman Lead in a Spiritually Unequal Marriage?

Wedding Ring Picture

The hardest part of a marriage in which the husband is not a Christian is balancing spiritual leadership roles, say relationship experts and authors Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller.

COLUMN

Why All Christians are Actually Non-Denominational

united methodist

Your church building may have a denominational name on it. Your mouth might speak often of your own particular denomination. And the majority of your friends may all belong to your denomination. But I'll tell this much....there is no denominational label imprinted on your soul....and there will be no denominations in heaven.

LIVING

Christian Wives Talk Thriving With Nonbelieving Husbands

rings

The Bible is clear about not being "unequally yoked," but what if you become a Christian once married and your spouse doesn't follow suit?

OPINION

Should Christians Boycott Starbucks?

coffee

In this case (and in many like it) a boycott exposes us to all of our worst tendencies. Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight like the devil to please the Lord.

THEOLOGY

What Is God's Relationship to People Who Are in Hell?

John Piper

God's wrath remains on them. He is separate from them, in that they are not allowed to enjoy any of his grace and beauty.

MISSIONS

Entire Mosques Coming to Christ in Sub-Saharan Africa, Says Former Church Planter

mosque

The idea of tens of thousands of former Muslims coming to Jesus Christ in North Africa within a few short years is mind-boggling. But entire mosques coming to faith? That news is even harder to wrap one's mind around, but it is in fact what is happening according to reports from a former church planter among Muslims in West Africa.

CHURCH

TD Jakes: We Are Born Forgiving in Nature; Unforgiveness Is Learned

TD Jakes

Contrary to popular opinion, forgiveness is innate and unforgiveness is learned from our environment, says T.D. Jakes, pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter's House in Dallas and New York Times bestselling author.

OPINION

Caring for Spiritual Orphans: Elephants in Our Midst

students

Over the past few years the desire and drive to place orphan care and adoption on the front burner of Christian life has been a success. However, there is another type of orphan that needs attention too. Yes, they can be found overseas, but more than likely they are within arms length of many church leaders and members.

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

SBC's 'Start-a-Church Sunday' Reminds Christians to Do Just That

Bryant Wright

There are currently more than 45,000 Southern Baptist churches across the United States. Most of those churches, however, are concentrated in the South, with fewer churches located in states like New York and New Jersey.

CP BLOG

Is Atheism Ethically Rational?

Yesterday morning the local Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate (KDFW, Fox 4) ran a story about a local group of atheists who are sponsoring some billboards in the DFW Metroplex targeting families and children. The billboards promoting the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason are specifically timed to to be up during the Easter season and proclaim, “Our families are great without religion.”

CP BLOG

The Subtle Art of Sabotaging A Pastor

Pastor Dean Curry delivers a sermon at his church, Life Center, in Tacoma, Wash.

Editor's Note: This article is inspired by the C.S. Lewis book The Screwtape Letters in which a demon receives training to deceive the Christians

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